Events in Sacramento commemorating the life of Dr. MLK

As MLK Day approaches, organizations in the Sacramento area and across the country are offering opportunities to commemorate the civil rights activist’s life.

SACRAMENTO, California – On Monday, which marked the Dr. Marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day, organizations in the Sacramento area and across the country are planning events to commemorate the life of the civil rights icon and continue his legacy.

Local Events

  • African Black Coalition Conference; Friday 14th January to Sunday 17th January

The annual Afrikan Black Coalition Conference will be virtual this year as it visits the Sacramento State campus.

The goal of the conference is to unite African/Black students across California to discuss issues related to academic politics, campus climate, university enrollment, and citizenship education.

The coalition has created a form for those interested in attending the three-day virtual conference.

  • MLK Celebration Sacramento; 17:30 Sunday January 16th

At the celebration, which will be held at the Capital Christian Center at 9470 Micron Ave. is held, speakers from the faith community and an MLK Celebration Choir will perform.

The event began in 1994 with a small gathering of pastors from the Sacramento area and, according to organizers, has since grown into one of the largest celebrations in January honoring Dr. developed.

Local students will also be recognized at the event for receiving an MLK Celebration College Scholarship. The message of this year’s event: “We are better together.” More information and a live stream can be found on the event’s website.

  • MLK City Car Parade; 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Monday January 17th

On the morning of MLK Day, a car parade will travel around Sacramento from Grant Union High School to the State Capitol and then toward Sacramento State, ending in southern Sacramento.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. at Grant Union High School on Grand Avenue.

  • MLK Annual March; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday 17 Jan from

Sacramento’s annual MLK 365 March for the Dream will not be held in person this year due to the coronavirus, but people can still attend the event virtually.

The organization’s website is now accepting registration for its online program. The virtual program includes art, community and conversation for a few hours on Monday.

  • Go for Justice; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday 17 Jan from

A community walk and rally will be held at the California State Capitol to raise awareness for those who have been wrongfully imprisoned.

The one-mile march begins after a 1 p.m. rally outside Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office and circles the Capitol complex.

Visit the event’s Eventbrite page for more information and registration options.

  • MLK Jr. Day Freedom Caravan and Wellness Fair; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday 17 Jan from

For the second time, Stephon Clark’s I Am Sac, Councilor Mai Vang’s Office, Ethiopian Restaurant Queen Sheba and other local businesses and organizations are organizing a Wellness Fair and Freedom Caravan to be held on MLK Day.

The caravan begins at 10am at the parking lot at 7000 Franklin Boulevard.

The caravan ends at 12.00, then the wellness fair begins in the same parking lot. The fair lasts until 3 p.m

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